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Poster: Mandojammer Date: May 17, 2012 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Absolutely.....

Wholeheartedly concur with SDH. Bubble that one up to the top of your "Bucket List" and make the time to go see PMG.

Back in the mid to late '70s, I was heavily into the jazz/fusion jazz scene - Renaissance, Return To Forever, Al DiMeola, Jaco, Weather Report, the Breckers, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Chick Corea Elektric, Shorter, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Alphonso Johnson - largely due to the influence of my next door neighbor who to this day remains a close friend. (That may come to a test as he is flying out from LA to go to FloydFest with me this year)

Anyway, he grew up in Philadelphia and at the time, Philly seemed to be a kind of Ground Zero for some of these guys. My buddy and I had gone up to Philly from Wilmington one night in the summer of '77 or '78. We hit a couple of small clubs looking for some live music. We had settled down in one of them when the lights go down and one of the bouncers announces a surprise for the group. In walk Pat Metheny, Al DiMeola and Stanley Clarke.....impromptu, mostly acoustic and a flat soundboard. It was fookin' mind blowing.

And I'll be damned if I can remember the name of the place - somewhere in north Philly, between Cheltenham and Central High School.

Maybe that's enough info for ringo to bail me out?

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: May 17, 2012 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Absolutely.....

That sounds incredible. Circumstances like those always make a show more special. I'm a fan of all those artists you mentioned, and have recently started delving deeper into their catalogues, also partially thanks to a former neighbor in a jazz fusion band. Herbie has mostly been my go-to jazz fusion guy. I'm trying to explore other artists too though.

And here's a shameless plug for my buddy's band (They need more exposure, and are in the process of getting an agent).I think all these songs are excellent. My buddy is the guitarist, and the keyboardist has some great chops: